Main Sail’s Solution Offerings

Full Solution Support

Main Sail provides a full spectrum of ERP based Manufacturing, Warehouse Management and Distribution solutions, fully integrated to meet your small and medium sized business requirements. This is an outline sampling our solution offering.

Full Solution Support

Our solutions cover the full range of capabilities required by discrete and process manufacturing companies. We have experienced staff that can support the latest ERP based solutions as well as older legacy systems (See legacy system support)

Our solutions include the most advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integration capabilities and tools that enable us to leverage the best-in-class solutions to supplement any gaps that may exist with core ERP solutions. These enable communication with both other applications and mobile or remote solutions using standard industry wide protocols (SOAP, XML, REST, HTTP).

Solution Readiness Assessment

One Day Solution Readiness Assessment

We do a site tour and high level review of your current systems, manufacturing floor, warehouse, and distribution operation, and provide a written overview and recommendations.

This one day high level walk through provides you with the following deliverables:

  • Access to ERP experts with multiple ERP vendor experiences
  • Discussion of pros and cons of various ERP strategies
  • High level walk through of your operation by skilled manufacturing and distribution consultants
  • High level look at your processes and discussion of potential gaps and bottlenecks
  • Written report based on a structured template customized for your operation and goals
  • CREDIT – against any additional consulting services (minimum of 80 hours) provided in the future - $1,200 value

ERP Vendor Package Selection

We work with small and medium sized manufacturing and distribution businesses by assisting them through the ERP package selection process. As ERP consultants with over 25+ years of consulting and technical experience, and as operators of a small business, we understand how challenging making a decision for ERP software can be. We have served as trusted advisors with deep roots in the ERP community for many years.

We Use a Structured Process

  • Four to five day onsite visit to understand your business operations
  • A requirements document that communicates your needs to vendors
  • Select vendors that specifically meet your requirements
  • Down-select vendors through facilitated demo and discussion sessions
  • Organize effective one-day onsite visits from solution finalists
  • Obtain uniform pricing proposals structured for easy comparison
  • ERP experience ensures that best prices are obtained from each vendor
  • Use simple effective tools: ERP functional and technical checklists, pricing comparisons and vendor solution scoring models

We Give You Actionable Deliverables

  • Business systems recommendations report with the initial onsite visit
  • ERP requirements document - to get all vendors on the same page
  • Pricing and feature comparison models - clear side-by-side dashboard
  • Comprehensive implementation

Unbiased and Vendor Agnostic Advice

Main Sail and its employees are not paid by or partnered with specific ERP vendors for the selection process and can therefore act with integrity in assisting our customers through the selection process. We focus solely on your needs and requirements.

ERP Hot Skills Support

ERP Hot Skills Support

We work with many first and second tier ERP vendor solutions, and have over 20 years of relationships with ERP manufacturing and distribution clients.

We support many different ERP implementation efforts. Here is a sample of some of the hard-to-find skills that we can provide.

Hot ERP Skills we support

  • ERP Solution Strategy and Selection
  • S/4 HANA Implementation/Conversion/Project Management
  • Mobility w/SAP Fiori
  • WM to EWM Upgrades
  • SAP and Oracle Implementation Project Management
  • Business Process Design and Configuration
  • RICE in SAP and Oracle
  • SAP-SCM Supply Chain Management
  • SAP and Oracle Order-to-Cash Implementation
  • Business Intelligence
  • NetWeaver Integration
  • MS-Dynamics Functional Configuration
  • MS-Dynamics Add-in Products for Mfg. & Dist.
  • NetSuite – Functional Configuration
  • NetSuite – Add-in Products for Mfg. & Dist.
  • NetSuite – Implementation Project Management
Manufacturing Operating Solutions

Manufacturing Operations Solutions

Leverage our deep experience in manufacturing operations, systems and ERP integration to ensure your factory floor is integrated, efficient, and visible, and all information is instantly available. ERP packages have varying degrees of sophistication for controlling shop floor operations.

Our solutions match your manufacturing requirements

Some clients just need a simple, easy-to-use, fully integrated ERP based manufacturing system to replace their manual operations. Others require a full Product Lifecycle Management solution and Manufacturing Execution Solution to run the shop floor. Some companies require the ability to commit customer order dates and to slot work orders at the time the order is placed, while others place orders out of warehouse stock. You may even be an organization that has extensive NC and sensor operations that can be integrated with the ERP based software solution to give you real time monitoring.

Whatever your degree of sophistication, we have manufacturing solutions expertise and relationships with most leading and secondary ERP vendors and can put the right pieces together to match your budget and requirements.

We provide the following services and solutions for manufacturing companies:

  • Manufacturing ERP solution requirements development
  • Manufacturing solution package and vendor selection
  • Shop floor work order flow analysis and design
  • MES solution selection and implementation
  • PLM solution requirements analysis (do I need full PLM?)
  • Integration of warehouse management and production processes
  • Lot and serial number tracking requirements and configuration
  • Manufacturing ERP configuration (Main Sail has experience with many vendors)
  • Bar code tracking design and implementation
  • RFID tracking design and implementation
Warehouse and Distribution Solutions

Warehouse & Distribution Operations Solutions

Leverage our deep experience in warehouse management operations, systems and ERP integration to ensure your inventory and warehouse are operating at peak velocity and accuracy. Main Sail has provided warehouse management solutions for both large and small organizations. We have extensive experience in the warehouse floor operations and the software required to support them. We can assist your organization in making your warehouse operations efficient and effective with the following types of services:

  • Warehouse management solution requirements
  • Warehouse operations storage analysis and design
  • Selection of warehouse management software and vendor
  • Integration of warehouse management with ERP and manufacturing
  • Picking and pick route optimization
  • Stock and put-away analysis
  • Warehouse management software configuration (Main Sail has experience with many vendors)
  • Integration with shipping and distribution software
  • Integration warehouse management and production processes
  • Configuring ERP software to perform warehouse operations
  • Bar code tracking design and implementation
  • RFID tracking design and implementation
Mobile Solutions

Mobile Solutions

We develop and deliver mobile technology that improves your manufacturing, distribution and delivery operations with the use of the latest mobile technology available.

  • Rapidly developed and deployed
  • Apps developed almost without coding
  • Easily maintained and improved by your own staff
  • Take advantage of native device features (HTML5 and beyond)
  • Developed once and deployed to iOS, Android and Windows
  • Bar code and RFID ready
  • Highly secure (up to DoD FIPs 140-2 standards)
  • Integrated with your ERP or legacy systems using our unique integration tools
  • Run on WIFI or cellular networks
  • Easily convert your spreadsheets and PDF forms to mobile apps
  • Add mobility without disrupting your current business operations
Legacy System Support and Maintenance

Local Legacy System Support and Maintenance

Aging ERP, manufacturing, inventory and financial systems require skilled, experienced support. Let Main Sail be your go-to company for long term older system support.

As a company of experienced consultants we have been in the business of providing services for manufacturers and distributors for 20+ years. Whatever your current legacy system is, there is a great chance we have someone either on staff or within easy reach that will be able to provide you great support to sustain your operation.

Here is a sampling of the systems that we can provide consulting support for:

  • SAP Business All-In-One
  • Oracle JD Edwards
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Web Methods
  • QAD
  • Oracle NETSUITE
  • MS-Dynamics
  • MS-Dynamics AX
  • Odoo
  • BPCS by SSA
  • Epicor
  • SAGE
  • Infor
  • Aptean
  • GlobalShop
  • PLEX
  • Log-Net
  • Lawson
  • Highjump
  • Siemens PLM
  • Office 365
  • SharePoint
  • MS-Office
  • MS-Access Applications
  • MS-Excel complex apps
  • MS-Project complex apps
  • SisTrade
  • Fishbowl
  • E2 Shop
  • JobBoss
Full IT Technical Support

Full Technical IT Support

Hand off your technology hassles to Main Sail’s full team of IT support specialists. We support all types networks and servers and we are extremely cost effective with a 24/7 help desk.

Managed Services Program (MSP)

Companies can lose up to 8% of their profit quarterly due to IT related issues.

When you choose Main Sail IT Managed services, all of your IT operations are handled by highly qualified and knowledgeable technicians. We assume responsibility for monitoring, troubleshooting, and managing IT systems and functions on your behalf. Main Sail is in charge of network equipment and applications located on your premises with an established Service Level Agreement tailored to meeting your specific business needs and response times.

If you are concerned about how much managed services can cost – you will be pleasantly surprised. When you consider how much is spent on hourly break fix problem resolution, pulling people from business critical work, and the costs of downtime for your critical business applications – you’ll find our MSP to be an attractive alternative.

What our Managed Services Program Offers

  • A cost effective solution – breakdowns can cost more than an MSP
  • Predictable IT spending – our monthly service level choices offer predictability vs. as-needed T&M spending
  • 24/7 – we are here when you need us with response times in as little as 4 hours
  • Control without aggravation – we take over the responsibility, allowing employees to engage in higher tasks
  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity – we safeguard your data and recover quickly if IT disaster strikes
  • Peace of mind – just knowing your IT is in the hands of experts with issues handled promptly

We also provide equipment set up and support:

  • Desktops
  • Wired Networks
  • Wireless Networks
  • VoIP Phone Systems
  • Laptops
  • Thin Clients
  • Wiring
  • Servers
  • Routers
  • Peripherals
  • Cellular Network Interfaces
  • IoT Connections
  • Shop Floor Networks
Cloud-based Manufacturing Solutions

Cloud Based Solutions

ERP Cloud based manufacturing, distribution and mobile solutions can provide lower total cost of ownership, and high security, and are scalable to match your growth.

Main Sail maintains close working relationships with vendors that provide Cloud based ERP solutions, focused on manufacturing business and provide you visibility, transparency and synchronization from your plant floor to your executive floor.

Main Sail’s Cloud based solutions provide:

Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Lower the cost of installing, maintaining and supporting your solution using a Cloud based approach

High Security
High Security

Always be up to date with the latest security technology for your business and data

Rapidly Scalable
Rapidly Scalable

Only pay for the capacity that you need, then scale up to match your business growth

Minimal or No IT Staff Support
Minimal or No IT Staff Support

Allows you to focus on running your operation – not on your IT system

Let us show you how these types of Cloud based solutions will benefit your small or medium business:

  • Full ERP solutions
  • Manufacturing solutions
  • Warehouse Management solutions
  • Distribution solutions
  • Mobile solutions